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Just as any other city or town, Orillia has it's share of educational institutions, from pre-schools to grade schools (elementary), to high school, and includes a few private schools, as well as some forms of continuing adult education and alternative educational opportunities.
825 Memorial Avenue
There is a large satellite campus for Georgian College, that has been in Orillia for as long as I've been here (well, before actually). It apparently opened in 1969 (I didn't live in Orillia then). Over the years, Georgian College has grown from that first small building into a large and bustling campus. Up until a couple of years ago, there were no student dorms at Georgian, and out of town students had to find lodging in town. In 2013, the first student residences opened at the college. Built near the front of the large property, they are the first thing you see as you pass it, and for student residences, they are rather attractive buildings (I don't know what the inside is like, but check out their interior photos and info here).
I didn't go to school at all in Orillia because I was already married when I arrived in town, but I did attend several courses at Georgian College in Orillia, and found myself working for Maureen Watt who was the Academic Chair at Georgian College back then, so I'm familiar with the college, and several of the instructors (I also worked over in the Midland satellite campus for the old Futures Program.) It was always a friendly environment to be in. The campus bookstore and library were two of my favourite places to be when I wasn't working.
(Orillia Campus - Main)
500 University Avenue
More recently, Lakehead University joined Orillia's complement of post-secondary educational facilities. It began with a small "campus" at the corner of Colborne and West Streets in the old Tudhope Building "Heritage Place" in 2006, and opened a full campus in 2010 on University Avenue in the Westridge area. Lakehead has a large and modern campus with lots of glass to let in natural light, and glass walled hallways. The building was designed as a "green" structure and has many environmentally friendly building materials, and a design intended to keep the operation costs low. They even have a green roof (a roof planted with succulents to collect water, and keep the building below it cool). I was asked to photograph the building while construction was still going on outside of the school facility (residences and new building) for the certification. It is quite an amazing campus, with features unlikely to be found at older buildings. Besides the green roof and lots of glass, they use recycled water for the toilet flush (not the drinking water), The structure itself is built with specialized concrete that contains an additive to help with insulation.
Since I didn't go to school in Orillia, I have no particular recommendations for what grade schools are the best choice, but essentially all the public schools adhere to the current standards of education as set out by the Simcoe Country Board of Education ... and there's not much more to say.
Pre-School & Daycare Facilities
25 Coldwater Street
547 Laclie Street
735 University Ave.
|Orillia YMCA |
(see site linked in title)
54 Peter St S Orillia,
Phone: (705) 326-2171
Public Elementary Schools
11 George Street
25 Brant. St. W
|Orchard Park School|
24 Calverley St.
Regent Park School
485 Regent Street
Samuel de Champlain
275 Park Street
Catholic Elementary Schools
14 Fittons Rd E.
Harvie Settlement Rd
255 Oxford St.
Private Elementary Schools
505 Gill Street
|Bright Horizons |
4473 Orkney Bch Rd
2 Borland St. E
Twin Lakes Secondary
381 Birch St.
|Patrick Fogarty |
15 Commerce Road
"When I was in school" was a phrase that often came out of my mouth, when my kids were small, and again more recently as my grandchildren go through school (usually resulting in rolling eyes ... I'm sure all parents have seen that expressive trait in their kids at some point).
don't know whether those methods were experimental or not, but I took major issues with the lack of knowledge imparted to the students. My kids were subject to "creative spelling" ... know what that is?
During English class, the exercise was to write either an essay or story based on a subject the teacher gave (summer holiday, my favourite person, that sort of thing), and these were graded. We saw our first of these essays during "Parent-Teacher Night" (grade 3, I think) and I was appalled at the spelling. My daughter got a B+ on her essay, but there were a dozen words that were not spelled correctly. When I asked why they hadn't been corrected, the teacher replied that spelling wasn't what was considered important, it was the child's ability to express themselves in written words.
Well, okay but, how will she know those are wrong if you don't correct them?
The result of that form of education was children who went into university not knowing how to spell, not knowing how to look up anything, not knowing how to do research for projects.
Not my kids though. I think they might have gotten more education at home than at school.
A few years after my grandkids started school my daughter said to me ... guess what mom? You remember when you taught us phonics? I said yep, aren't you glad? She replied ... "well, the school is teaching phonics again" ... go figure.
Orillia Learning Center (Adult & Continuing Education)
Willowcourt Plaza (575 West St. S.)
Adult Day School (21 Years & Older)
Literacy & Essential Skills
Phoenix Program (18 - 20 Years)
Summer School Remedial
Drivers Education Programs
Maturity & Equivalent Credits
PLAR for Mature Students Program
Simcoe Country District School Board Alternative Education
20 Front Street South
Alternate teaching and learning methods with focused and individualized instruction.